Ton of cocaine seized in Venezuela

2012-11-05 12:00

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Caracas — Venezuelan National Guard troops have seized a shipment of 1.5 tons of cocaine stashed in a compartment in a cargo truck.

Justice Minister Nestor Reverol announced Sunday's bust on television, saying the truck was stopped at a checkpoint in western Lara state. He says the cocaine came from neighbouring Colombia and the Venezuelan driver was arrested.

Officials showed the truck with its side cut open to reveal a compartment behind the cab where the cocaine was hidden.

Venezuela has been a major route for cocaine trafficking in recent years. US and Colombian officials have said a majority of northbound smuggling flights originate in the country.

Reverol says the bust is one of many that have shown his government's commitment to combatting the flow of drugs.

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